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Bobby Debarge

Bobby Debarge was a well-known American singer and musician. Bobby Debarge was widely famous as the lead singer of the Motown R&B/soul vocal group.

Early Life

Bobby Debarge was born on March 5, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan, United States. His zodiac sign is Pisces. He is the son of Etteriene Abney and Army soldier Robert Debarge.

His real name is Robert Louis but he is famous as Bobby Debarge. There is no information about his education. But as a child, he was very unhappy as his father was very abusive.

Due to this at an early age, he was addicted to heroin which became his lifelong addiction.

Moreover, he had nine siblings; Etteriene, Thomas, William, Mark, Eldra, James, Jonathan, Carol, and Darrell. Likewise, other information related to his relatives is not found.

Later in the 1970s, his parents got separated and he and his family moved to Grand Rapids.

There he began to play in local bands with his brothers. Similarly, he was a very talented instrumentalist and vocalist from his early childhood.


At a very young age, he was sent to prison. He then told his family that he was suffering from HIV.

On August 16, 1995, he died in Grand Rapids, Michigan from AIDS complications after being ill at the age of 39. Then, he was buried in Garfield Park there in Grand Rapids.

Bobby Debarge – Net Worth 2023

He released different albums such as White Heat, Pall Mall Groove, It’s Not All Over, and many more. From his album expected sum of money was earned. However, there is no exact information.

Personal Life

Bobby Debarge was bisexual. It was discussed in a switch episode of an unsung series on TV One by Bunny Debarge and Gregory Williams.

Likewise, he followed La Toya Jackson for many years. After their separation, he was married to Teri Lee Gayle. They had a happy life and had two children Christian and Bobby III.

Bobby Debarge

Caption: Bobby Debarge with wife Source: (Pinterest)

Career and Professional Life

Bobby Debarge started his early career by performing with his brother Tommy. They performed together for local bands.

Later, he joined Gregory Williams a fellow singer in 1975. Due to the teamwork with many musicians they were successful to be auditioning for the Barry White group.

He then fired all the white heat singers in 1976 due to the issues of tax. Likewise, after a few times, he formed a new music group along with ten singers. He kept his group name as Hot Ice.

Moreover, they also released a new album which was named Pall Mall Groove in 1977. During that time he was already addicted to cocaine. He then promised the group that he would not be more into addiction.

After that, the members called themselves switches as they could switch their musical instruments. Later, the group debuted in one album which was named Switch.

It was released in 1978. After doing more interesting in the musical field in 1979, they released Switch II. Similarly, along with full determination in the work, they were able to release a third gold-selling album.

It was released in 1980 and it was titled This Is My Dream. He again got addicted to drugs. Due to this problems started rising among the group members.

After releasing the group’s fifth album he left the group in 1981. The title of his fifth album was Switch V. Furthermore, his siblings made a group which was named Debarge.

He then started to work on his new brand with his siblings where he released a new album. The title of their new album was Bad Boys which was released after his death in 1987.

Bobby Debarge – Body Measurements

Bobby Debarge was a handsome vocalist with black hair and dark brown eyes. He was 5 feet 7 inches tall. And his weight was approximately 67 kg.